By Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorine
The House of Representatives called for the urgent inclusion of Ajase-Ipo, Omu-Aran, Eruku-Egbe and Kabba Road in the 2022 budget to address the deplorable condition of the road.
This followed the passing of a motion by Representative Tunji Olawuyi, a member representing Kwara’s Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-ero Federal Constituency on the House floor Tuesday in Abuja.
The House mandated the Standing Committees on Appropriations, Finance and Works to include the road finalization fund in the 2022 budget.
The House also mandated the Standing Committee of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to ensure compliance for the immediate maintenance of the Ajase-Ipo, Omu-Aran, Eruku-Egbe and Kabba roads for easy passage.
Olawuyi, said that the ownership of all the main A roads connecting various states in the Federation rests with the federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
He added that most interstate roads across the country, especially the main roads that connect the north to the south region, had been neglected over the years.
According to him, this is due to the non-provision of funds by the authorities concerned.
He said the road from Ajase-Ipo in Kwara State, passing through Omu-Aran to Eruku-Egbe and then Kabba in Kogi State “is a federal road”.
The lawmaker expressed concern that no major construction work had so far been carried out by the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing for a long time on the road.
He said that despite preventable accidents that left many people dead on the very important road, no major repairs or reconstruction had taken place on the road.
The lawmaker said the road serves as a viable route for transporting agricultural products to urban cities, including the territory of the federal capital, Abuja.
According to him, the current deplorable state of the Ajase-Ipo –Omu-Aran – Eruku-Egbe – Kabba road offers an environment conducive to armed thieves and kidnappers.
He said that these criminal elements carried out heinous activities on the roads, subjecting thousands of road users to untold suffering, including premature death.
He said motorists traveling to Kwara from Abuja or Kabba were often forced to travel to Ekiti State due to the poor condition of the Kabba – Omu-Aran road.
Olawuyi called for urgent intervention by the federal government through the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to repair the road.
He said this would serve as an immediate stopgap to reduce the burden on commuters of traveling long distances to reach Kwara state.
The Chamber urged the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to take the necessary measures to bring lasting solutions to the road.
The Chamber also urged the Minister of Public Works, Babatunde Fashola, to carry out the dualisation works on the Ajase-Ipo – Omu-Aran – Eruku-Egbe – Kabba road.
The Chamber said the ministry could possibly use concrete cement for the project, “which is much cheaper and easier to maintain,” while urging the ministry to prioritize its immediate repair.
He also mandated the Standing Committees on Credit, Finance and Works to include the fund for the finalization of the Ajase-Ipo –Omu-Aran – Eruku-Egbe – Kabba road in the 2022 budget.